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Mind the sleep – a new framework for understanding cognitive-affective impairments in depression

Sleep is vital for optimal cognitive functioning, memory formation and learning.

About the project

Anormal sleep patterns are common symptoms in many neurological and psychiatric disorders, yet attempts to understand the exact role disturbed sleep plays in such contexts are scarce.

It is largely unknown whether sleep disturbances in depression are a consequence of other cognitive or affective symptoms of depression, or whether sleep disturbances themselves contribute to symptoms such as negative affect and rumination

Objectives

 

This project sets out to explore the impact disturbed sleep has on cognition, its relationship with symptoms of depression and changes in brain function, as well as its relevance for treatment outcome in MDD. We will specifically focus on executive functions (EF), a group of higher cognitive processes that enable us to set and pursue goals, to monitor and adjust behavior in a fast-changing environment, to focus or shift attention, or to initiate or inhibit actions.

Cooperation

Department of Biological and Medical Psychology, University of Bergen, Medical Image Analysis Laboratory, Albuquerque, USA

Financing

Hjernerådet ved Stiftelsen DAM, 01.01.2020 - 31.12.2022.

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Published May 21, 2021 12:32 PM - Last modified May 25, 2021 12:06 PM